Opposition to animal control ordinance sparks workshop

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The City Council will hold a public workshop March 10 to discuss revisions to the proposed animal control ordinance.

Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 02:19 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Residents' opposition to sections of a proposed animal control ordinance has convinced the City Council to revise currently recommended regulations.

As a result, the ordinance, which would bring Crestview's animal code in line with Okaloosa County's, will be revised during a March 10 workshop.

Several residents on Monday expressed concern for these current provisions:

• The animal control officer could enter private property, even in non-emergency situations, without a warrant

• The city could determine the number of pets to keep

• The prohibition of pot bellied pigs and egg-laying hens

Resident Dr. Jean Mitchell spoke in favor of a provision that others disagreed with. Mitchell said she was pleased to see it would be unlawful for a pet owner to tether the animal to a stationary object.

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